On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removed a number of people tested for the new coronavirus from its website,media outlet The Verge reported. The change was first reported on Twitter by journalist Judd Legum. Less than a week ago, the first confirmed case of a new coronary infection in the United States was unknown. In the past few days, six people have been confirmed dead from the virus-related disease COVID-19 in Washington state.
Last week was the first week of testing the virus among six U.S. public health labs, rather than waiting for results from CDC headquarters in Atlanta. On Saturday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the ability of local laboratories and hospitals to conduct their own tests. As testing capacity improves, the number of people examined this week is expected to increase rapidly, and the number of confirmed cases in the United States will increase rapidly.
The CDC has previously been strongly opposed by local and state governments, and they have been frustrated by defects and delays in testing reagents developed by the CDC. Many organizations want to be able to conduct tests locally without having to send samples to Atlanta. The limited availability of tests has frustrated public health experts because it means it is difficult to understand exactly how the virus is transmitted in the country. If there are no centralized test number statistics on the CDC’s website, it’s hard for the public to know how many tests have been expanded or how many will be expanded in the future.
The CDC’s website still lists the total number of confirmed cases in the United States and the total number of “false positive” cases in the United States. The latter is a positive test for the new coronavirus in the National Public Health Laboratory, but the CDC has not confirmed it. The CDC’s website now states: “States independently report positive cases; their case statistics are up-to-date. “
The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Globally, more than 89,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,048 deaths have been confirmed. More than 45,000 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered from this respiratory disease. The disease is usually mild and manifests itself in symptoms such as cough, fever and shortness of breath.